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Events at BC to Focus on ‘Constructive Conflict Resolution’

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

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Lindy Wagner and Maureen Flint, associates of the Sustained Dialogue Institute, will present a two-day “Constructive Conflict Resolution” lecture and workshop on Sept. 13-14 at Bridgewater College.

Wagner will give an endowed lecture, “Throwing Shade: Navigating Conflict Effectively,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Cole Hall. The lecture will focus on how to navigate everyday conflicts effectively.

The endowed lecture, sponsored by the Mark Leatherman Fund for Connecting and Creating Community Building and the Harry W. and Ina Mason Shank Peace Studies Endowment, is free and open to the public.

On Friday, Sept. 14, Wagner and Flint will present a workshop for Bridgewater College student leaders, covering problem solving, communication and strategies for de-escalating conflict.

“Students, particularly those who have assumed what we would consider a ‘leadership role’ on campus, have varied degrees of ownership, understanding and/or identification with that role,” said Dr. Leslie Frere, vice present for student life and dean of students. “Our intention through the workshop is to provide them with meaningful tools to facilitate their engagement in conflict resolution across experiences, regardless of varied states of leadership identity.”

Wagner became involved with dialogue initiatives at Syracuse University in 2005 when she served as facilitator for Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) Dialogue Circles.

While serving as the associate director for Multicultural Student Development at Appalachian State University, Wagner connected with the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network.

Wagner is pursuing a doctorate in communication studies with a focus on intercultural communication at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Flint currently serves as the assistant director for the Ferguson Student Center at The University of Alabama.

The Sustained Dialogue Institute is an organization that specializes in developing leaders who are able to transform differences into strong relationships essential to effective decision-making, democratic governance and peace.

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